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On Friday August 27, 2004 just days before the start of the Republican National Convention, a massive police operation was underway. By the end of the night 264 people were arrested. It marked one of the largest mass arrests in New York City's history - and the arrested had done nothing illegal.
For many New Yorkers, August was the first time theyÂ heard of what has become a monthly ritual for New York CityÂs bike community Â a free-forming ride called Critical Mass.
Still We Ride is a documentary that captures the joyous atmosphere of this August ride before the arrests began and theÂ chaos that followed. It recounts how this ride first started in San Francisco over 10 years ago and chronicles the police crackdown and resulting court battles in New York over the last seven months.Â The movie takes on issues of civil liberties, surveillance, the power of mainstream media, and the benefits of alternative means of transportation.
This movie is part of the collection: Community Video
Production Company: In Tandem Productions
Keywords: Critical Mass; Bicycle; New York City RNC
Contact Information: www.stillweridethemovie.com
Creative Commons license: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs
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Subject: Real Impact
This documentary is more than just about bike rallys... it opens the door for a real converseration and a material analysis of the erosion of civil liberties in the states. This movie is making its waves in Europe but if you can catch a stateside screening its well worth it.